Google honors Herman Melville with a nice Moby Dick Doodle. Captain Ahab stands on a boat – and the sperm whale Moby Dick can be seen in the background. Herman Melville was born on Aug 1st, 1819. He was an American novelist, short story writer, essayist, and poet. He is best known for his novel Moby-Dick. When he died in 1891, he was almost completely forgotten. It was not until the „Melville Revival“ in the early 20th century that his work won recognition, especially Moby-Dick, which was hailed as one of the literary masterpieces of both American and world literature.
Here the doodle. After the the amazing interactive Doodle-Animation for Winsor McCay this one is just a static picture. It looks like a old-fashined woodcut-print. Not so easy to identify the whale – concentrate on the eye and you could see it:
„Melville was not financially successful as a writer, having earned just over $10,000 for his writing during his lifetime.After the success of travelogues based on voyages to the South Seas and stories based on misadventures in the merchant marine and navy, Melville’s popularity declined dramatically. By 1876, all of his books were out of print. In the later years of his life and during the years after his death he was recognized, if at all, as only a minor figure in American literature.“ Source: Wikipedia/Herman_Melville
Unbelievable, isn’t it?
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Herman Melville (Moby Dick) Google Doodle Source
“Call me Ishmael.” – is the beginning of Moby Dick. As a first-person narrative describes the sailor Ishmael the fateful voyage of the whaling ship Pequod, the one-legged Captain Ahab with blind hatred chasing the white whale that bits his leg. „In Moby-Dick, Melville employs stylized language, symbolism, and the metaphor to explore numerous complex themes. Through the journey of the main characters, the concepts of class and social status, good and evil, and the existence of God are all examined, as the main characters speculate upon their personal beliefs and their places in the universe. The narrator’s reflections, along with his descriptions of a sailor’s life aboard a whaling ship, are woven into the narrative along with Shakespearean literary devices, such as stage directions, extended soliloquies, and asides. The book portrays destructive obsession and monomania, as well as the assumption of anthropomorphism—projecting human instincts, characteristics and motivations onto animals. Moby Dick is ruthless in attacking the sailors who attempt to hunt and kill him, but it is Ahab who invests Moby Dick’s natural instincts with malignant and evil intentions. In fact, it is not the whale but the crippled Ahab who alone possesses this characteristic.“ Source: Wikipedia
If you have nothing to do, you could see the following movie. It’s only 1 hour 50 minutes: Moby Dick with Gregory Peck as Capt. Ahab (1956). Have Fun :-)
Moby Dick (1956)
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